I've asked several questions on Ask Different about an Intel SSD that I'd bought and tried to use in a DIY Fusion Drive in my early 2011 13" MBP. The Fusion Drive worked for a few weeks and then quit on me. The HDD works fine, but whenever I try and install OS X on the SSD, it hangs right around the part of the installation where the logs say it's extracting all the packages. The first extraction took around 15 minutes, but the next one hadn't moved after an hour. I'm resurrecting this topic because today I decided to play with it at the IT company where I'm interning this summer, and my boss and I ran a few experiments that made things a whole lot more interesting...

Things that work perfectly:

  • Installing Linux Mint on it on a PC
  • Installing Windows 10 on it
  • Installing Mavericks on it when it's plugged into my sister's computer (mid-2012 13" MBP)

Things that don't work:

  • Installing Mavericks, Yosemite, and the El Cap Public Beta when the SSD is plugged into my computer (they all hung)
  • An un-SSDlike boot time (several minutes) when I plugged it into my computer after having given it Mavericks with my sister's computer

So, why does my SSD only hate my hardware? I'd get it if it was a bad drive, but apparently the thing is in proper working order if it's plugged into any computer except mine. What's going on???

  • I would come up with a recommendation and a question. Recommendation is to use a USB enclosure to try that drive. The question is, it could be a bad cable ! – Ruskes Jul 11 '15 at 6:02
  • @Buscar웃SD It's not a bad cable. My HDD works fine, and the SSD works fine on Linux and Windows in a PC. The only problematic scenario is the SSD in my MBP. – user24601 Jul 11 '15 at 6:06
  • Do you use same cable for HD and SSD ? – Ruskes Jul 11 '15 at 6:59
  • @Buscar웃SD Yeah. The SATA logic board connector that came with the computer. – user24601 Jul 11 '15 at 7:03
  • machine struggling to step down SATA 3 6Gb/s to SATA 2 3Gb/s? [just a guess] – Tetsujin Jul 11 '15 at 8:13

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